We are honoured to have a diverse team of talented and experience community members on the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.
Ellen Peterson, Chair
Ellen and her family have lived in Langley for the past 10 years. She moved from Vancouver as part of the opening team for the Tong Louie Family YMCA and chose Langley for the excellent schools, recreation and beautiful environment for her and her family.
A recent MBA graduate from Royal Roads University in Victoria, Ellen works as the Executive Director of the Langley Division of Family Practice (LDFP), an organization that represents local physicians in Langley and aims to bring our community together in health. Ellen looks forward to utilizing the skills and resources she obtained from the MBA program and past experience in community development and fundraising to support the goals of the Foundation. Through many years of working with not-for-profits she has developed a high appreciation for volunteers and the leadership who make a difference in the lives of others. Ellen looks forward to the opportunity to help improve health and to serve her community.
Eric Woodward, Vice-Chair
Eric, the President of the Fort Langley BIA and an investor within Fort Langley, is dedicated to the enhancement and viability of Fort Langley’s village core. With renovations, advocacy for badly needed capital projects, and new construction, Eric has been working to improve and revitalize Fort Langley’s village core for almost 10 years. Before he started investing in Fort Langley, Eric was an internet entrepreneur and software architect. He founded or co-founded multiple internet companies, self-starting in 1990 at the age of 18. Eric grew up in Langley City and graduated from Langley Senior Secondary in 1990.
In addition to his role as a Director of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Eric is the 1st Vice-President of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, a Director of Tourism Langley, and serves on the Economic Development and Agriculture Advisory Committees of the Township of Langley.
Kelly Keyworth, Treasurer
Kelly is a Senior Manager with the Langley office of BDO Canada LLP. With over thirty years of experience providing accounting and tax services to private company clients, Kelly works with business owners in the medical, retail, manufacturing, agriculture, real estate rental, and professional services industries.
Kelly’s family has lived in Langley for five generations and she and her children were all born at Langley Memorial Hospital. These deep roots are one of the reasons she feels strongly about the importance of living, working, and giving back in our community. Kelly has volunteered as Treasurer with Soroptimist International of the Langleys, as Chair of Bras For A Cause fundraisers, and as a mentor to new business entrepreneurs and CPA students.
Melanie Skidmore, Secretary
Melanie Skidmore has worked in the South Fraser Health Authority since 2004, after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has taken on the role of Clinical Nurse Educator in the Surgical and Thoracic Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital after completing the High Acuity Nursing Specialty at BCIT along with additional education to support her leadership role.
Melanie has resided in Langley for the last five years with her family. She has been blessed with two young daughters and is proud of her new life as a career-driven mother. Even though she sees her children as her ultimate success, Melanie remains passionate and focused on achieving her ultimate goal of improving the overall health care system in BC. Throughout her 12 years of dedicated service, Melanie has made countless contributions to updating the health system by developing and implementing many site-based and regional development initiatives.
Melanie also serves as a representative of the Skidmore Family’s Jessoma Foundation, which prides itself in giving to many charities across the globe. This Foundation continues to be active in the Langley community and has just recently begun a new initiative of supporting hospital care throughout Vancouver. Melanie plays a key role in achieving this initiative and is very enthusiastic to serve this Foundation as it speaks directly to her interest of advancing the future of health care and improving quality patient care.
Liz Bailey-Connor is passionate about cultivating a thriving culture and enhancing the capabilities and engagement of employees at First West Credit Union. She has worked at First West since 2008.
Liz has experience as a secondary school teacher and a Chartered Psychologist in the UK and operational leadership experience with a large provincial organization in Canada. She brings over 25 years’ experience working in the Human Resources field and applies her knowledge and expertise to her current role of Senior Vice President, People Services.
Liz is a business- and results-oriented professional with extensive experience in all aspects of human resources and other areas of operations. Liz is a thought leader and advocate for continuous improvement, inclusion, and positive cultural change.
Liz also volunteers and serves in the community, has previous experience as Treasurer on a non-profit society Board, and is the mother of two daughters. She enjoys reading, book club and walks with her golden retriever.
Since 1995, Rebecca has built a successful legal practice in the areas of Family Law and Mediation; Real Estate law; and Wills and Estates. As a prominent lawyer in the Langley area, she has been a passionate community voice and advocate for many worthwhile organizations including Langley Community Services, Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise and Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Forty years ago, Manjit emigrated from India, where she was working on completing her Masters in History at the Punjab University. Moving to Langley she joined her husband, Darcy Gill, to help run the family business, Cloverdale Fuel Ltd., which has been based in Langley since 1941. Manjit and Darcy now also run two other businesses – Darman Recycling Canada and Darman Recycling USA.
Over the past 20 years, Manjit has sat on various charity committees and boards in the Langley community as well as the multicultural community. She has contributed many volunteer hours through various charities and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Award, which was awarded by the Rotary Club Newton.
Manjit is excited to be part of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. Two of her children and three grandchildren were born at the hospital. She hopes to bring positive energy and meaningful contributions that will enable the hospital to grow to meet the needs of Langley residents. Manjit enjoys travelling, writing poetry, reading novels and spending time with her grandchildren.
Deanna has lived in Langley since 1970 and her family has resided in Langley for over 90 years. Her father grew up in Glen Valley and went to school in Fort Langley. Today, her three children and all four grandchildren call Langley home. Deanna, her husband and their extended family gratefully contribute back to the Langley community that they all care about.
A realtor since 1984 and an associate broker with RE/MAX Treeland Realty in Langley, Deanna works with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Pamela. The Horns work together as a family team, successfully marketing homes, acreages and businesses throughout the Fraser Valley. Deanna is extensively involved in local and provincial organized real estate associations and is past President of the BC Real Estate Association and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
As a proactive volunteer of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Deanna looks forward to applying her business, marketing and governance skills to the fundraising efforts of the Foundation.
Michael is an Investment Counsellor with RBC Phillips Hager North Investment Council/RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
As an Investment Counsellor and Portfolio Manager, Michael provides comprehensive discretionary investment management for individuals and their families, private companies, and not-for-profit organizations. Michael enjoys being active in his community through his membership with the CFA Institute and the Estate Planning Councils of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley.
Balraj has over 30 years’ experience in construction materials engineering and construction management. He is currently serving as a Chairman of BM Group of Companies, which own a number of land development, construction, restoration, and material supply businesses.
Balraj makes his home in Langley, where he lives with his wife and three children. He is passionate about respectful elderly care and timely medical services for society. He regularly supports a number of health service organizations and his commitment to supporting Langley Memorial Hospital is due to personal experience with the care and treatment his family and extended family received in the past.
Doug is a family lawyer and has been a partner with the Langley law firm of CBM Lawyers since 2011.
Doug and his family have been residents of Langley since 2009 where they have all had the good fortune of receiving first class care at Langley Memorial Hospital.
Doug enjoys serving the residents of Langley through the provision of legal services to families and individuals going through a difficult time, as well as through his involvement with the Langley Sunrise Rotary Club and its various charitable endeavours.
Doug is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation and assist with its mission to support the continued delivery of first class medical services to the residents of Langley.
Wanda Williams has resided in the City and Township of Langley since 1977. After graduating from Vancouver Community College she worked for government in the human services field as a line worker, supervisor and manager for the Fraser and Coastal regions.
Wanda’s goal upon retirement was to volunteer at Langley Memorial Hospital and so joined the Auxiliary in 2013. Wanda volunteers in the gift shop, schedules the gift shop volunteers, was recently secretary of the Auxiliary and has now moved into the position of first vice chair. Langley is a growing community and Wanda very much believes that the local hospital should have the capacity to meet the needs of its population. She is proud of the work that the Auxiliary does to assist the hospital in meeting that goal, by helping to purchase medical equipment, residential care beds and by donating to the maternity and new emergency departments.
Dr. Leo Wong
Leo is a family physician who graduated from Queens University. He and his wife Flora (also a family physician) moved to Langley in 2002. They live here with their four children. Leo and Flora are supporters of the Vancouver Opera and have been attending and generously supporting our Foundation and gala for a number of years.
Leo set up a full service family practice, including seeing his patients within Langley Memorial, and has previously served as the Department Head of Family Practice. He leads St. Luke Family Practice in downtown Langley and services a diverse group of patients from babies, young families, mental health substance use, seniors, residential care and palliative care.
Leo is a peer mentor for the practice support program and for information technology throughout the province. Leo also serves as a preceptor for residents and medical students and as a supervisor for International Medical Graduates.
Leo has volunteered to provide community talks on health care, welcome new immigrants and has supported the BC Summer Games and BC Seniors Games. Last year, Leo won the BC Community Family Physician Award. Leo exemplifies what being a family physician is all about - caring for his patients and his community.
Leo has served for six years on the Langley Division of Family Practice Board as the Secretary, Treasurer and Chair and has excellent governance and leadership experience.
Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation
22051 Fraser Highway
Langley, BC V3A 4H4